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TGIF everyone!  I come back again with another travelogue! :)

We made a trip to Hitachi Seaside Park during our previous trip to Japan and I purposely marked it as one of the must-visit places in my itinerary for this trip. I have heard so many wonders about this spacious park located in Ibaraki Perfecture. It features a variety of seasonal flower spread out across 190 hectares, a small amusement park and cycling paths. This park is well-known for its baby blue eyes flowers (blue nemophila) in late April to early May and follow by a sea of red kochia in mid October to late November. This time round, I'm there for the red kochia!

You must be wondering what so special about this place? 

Scroll down for more and let the pictures below do the talking.  

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We slowly made our way to the top of the hill and the view was simply breathtaking. The weather was great too.




My mom tryin' to do the hide-and-seek post hehe. 


So the daugther follows. Here's kind of my version of hide-and-seek. Gotcha!:)



Cosmos but not in full bloom yet :( 



Miharashi Hill, where the Kochia bushes were planted. 


I get quite disappointed with this view as I thought it would be in the shade of crimson. Here's a kind reminder, make sure you keep your eyes peeled to the official website to get more instant information about the bloom schedule a.ka the flower calendar as the staffs will make timely updates.

Click here for more info. 







How to get there? 

Hitachi Seaside Park is located at Hitachinaka, approximately 1.5 hours away from Tokyo. We have selected the shortest route from our airbnb apartment, which is a train ride from JR Gotanda Station to Ueno station. From there, we took JR Joban line to Katsuta station (approximately 70 mins), hop on Ibaraki Kotsu bus no.2 (depart every 15 minutes) and alight at Hitachi Seaside Park. 

Local train from Ueno station to Katsuta station - 2270 yen 
Bus from Katsuta station to Hitachi Seaside Park - 400 yen 

Opening hours vary from season to season so make sure you double check the opening hours before you plan a trip there. 

0930 to 1700 (March 1 to July 20, September to October 31)
0930 to 1800 (July 21 to August 31)
0930 to 1630 (November 1 to February 28)




Entrance of Hitachi Seaside Park. 


You are required to pay an entrance ticket for 410 yen per pax.




Goodbye Hitachi Seaside Park and till we meet again. When will be next? Probably when baby kochia shrubs turn into the shade of crimson? 


Thanks everyone for reading. Have a great day ahead! Follow my social platforms (Instagram/snapchat/twitter) to find out more of my instant updates @sereneletica. 

Till next time. 

[ Hitachi Seaside Park ]

TGIF everyone!  I come back again with another travelogue! :)

We made a trip to Hitachi Seaside Park during our previous trip to Japan and I purposely marked it as one of the must-visit places in my itinerary for this trip. I have heard so many wonders about this spacious park located in Ibaraki Perfecture. It features a variety of seasonal flower spread out across 190 hectares, a small amusement park and cycling paths. This park is well-known for its baby blue eyes flowers (blue nemophila) in late April to early May and follow by a sea of red kochia in mid October to late November. This time round, I'm there for the red kochia!

You must be wondering what so special about this place? 

Scroll down for more and let the pictures below do the talking.  

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----


We slowly made our way to the top of the hill and the view was simply breathtaking. The weather was great too.




My mom tryin' to do the hide-and-seek post hehe. 


So the daugther follows. Here's kind of my version of hide-and-seek. Gotcha!:)



Cosmos but not in full bloom yet :( 



Miharashi Hill, where the Kochia bushes were planted. 


I get quite disappointed with this view as I thought it would be in the shade of crimson. Here's a kind reminder, make sure you keep your eyes peeled to the official website to get more instant information about the bloom schedule a.ka the flower calendar as the staffs will make timely updates.

Click here for more info. 







How to get there? 

Hitachi Seaside Park is located at Hitachinaka, approximately 1.5 hours away from Tokyo. We have selected the shortest route from our airbnb apartment, which is a train ride from JR Gotanda Station to Ueno station. From there, we took JR Joban line to Katsuta station (approximately 70 mins), hop on Ibaraki Kotsu bus no.2 (depart every 15 minutes) and alight at Hitachi Seaside Park. 

Local train from Ueno station to Katsuta station - 2270 yen 
Bus from Katsuta station to Hitachi Seaside Park - 400 yen 

Opening hours vary from season to season so make sure you double check the opening hours before you plan a trip there. 

0930 to 1700 (March 1 to July 20, September to October 31)
0930 to 1800 (July 21 to August 31)
0930 to 1630 (November 1 to February 28)




Entrance of Hitachi Seaside Park. 


You are required to pay an entrance ticket for 410 yen per pax.




Goodbye Hitachi Seaside Park and till we meet again. When will be next? Probably when baby kochia shrubs turn into the shade of crimson? 


Thanks everyone for reading. Have a great day ahead! Follow my social platforms (Instagram/snapchat/twitter) to find out more of my instant updates @sereneletica. 

Till next time. 

Osaka! It's your turn now!

Opps! I guess I'm getting a lil bit overly egg-cited over food post and I literally forget to greet anyone of you who is reading this. 

Ohaiyo everbody! 

As the title suggests, this post is all about foods..foods..foods.. Are you ready for it? Don't say I never warn ya, please don't read this if you hungry. All of the foods will definitely make you drool even I myself feel damn hungry by simply looking at all of the photos. *slrrppppppp* Apart from being able to experience different cultures and get to know well about the foreign country, I guess the other major thing that I wouldn't want to miss in every of my trip is all about hunting for scrumptious foods. I mean who doesn't love foods right?  Plus how can you just go home without having the chance to try out the authentic Japanese ramen or sushi?

If you're foodie like me! Let's scroll on?

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Jiyuken 自由轩



Jiyuken offers the best yet special curry rice in Japan. The rice is smothered in curry sauce with a raw egg on top.  Add a dash of Worcester sauce and you are good to go!


Mommy ordered this pork katsu set. The portion was huge and the pork katsu was so tender and juicy. 


More deets about this store (Jiyuken):

Address: 3 Chome-1-34 Nanba, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 542-0076, Japan
Click here for direction in Google map. 
Opening hours: 1130am-0930pm (Closed on Monday)
Contact no: +81 6-6631-5564

Daruma Kushikatsu (元祖串炸)

You shouldn't miss Daruma whenever you're in Osaka as they offer the best Kushikatsu in town. If you think that deep fried things on skewer is not impressive enough, you're probably wrong. My piece of advice to you is that you must give this a shot and it will definitely overwrite your impression towards deep fried stuffs. Cause you gotta love it yo!


The counter-seating area. 




Ordered the Dontonburi Mix Kushikatsu Platter, that has 9 skewers in total for only 1400 yen. I can only recalled there was quail egg, shrimp, cheese nugget, asparagus and meatballs in the mix. 





More deets about this store Daruma Kushikatsu (元祖串炸):

Address: 1 Chome-6-4 Dotonbori, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 542-0071, Japan
Click here for direction in Google map
Opening hours: 1100am- 2230pm (Opens everyday)
Contact no: +81 6-6121-5594

Strolling around the street. 



Ippudo Ramen (一风堂)

When you googled about Best ramen in Japan,is either Ichiran or Ippudo will pooped out in your page. 

And now you ask me which one is the best and I love it the most? My answer for you is Ippudo. Even though I used to be a big fan of Ichiran but after my first attempt to try out Ippudo, I'm totally in love with Ippudo. The broth was so thick but not oily. slrpppppp. 




More deets about this store Ippudo Ramen (一风堂):

Address: 3 Chome-1-17 Nanbanaka, Naniwa-ku, Ōsaka-shi, Ōsaka-fu 556-0011, Japan
Click here for direction in Google map
More details about other outlets throughout Japan click here.
Opening hours: 1100am-0300am
Contact no: +81 6-4397-6886

Right outside Takashimaya, Namba. It was our second last day there, basically doing our last minute shopping. 



The well-renowned Glico Running Man sign. We were so lucky to be able to see it at day & night because our Air B&B apartment is just a stone away from Shinsaibaishi. 





Let's run! Baby! Run!


Hokkyokusei Omu rice (北极星蛋包饭)



I've ordered this omu rice served with japanese beef curry. *Nom* 
The pipping hot fried rice is enveloped in the fluffy omelette. Who can resist this?!?! 


Mom's mentaiko omu rice. 


Traditional tatami seating area. As you can see that the shop is famous among local and tourists as the shop was already half occupied once the shop opened at 1130am. And guess what, we were one of the first 5 customers cause we started queue since 1100am. 


Let's eat!


More deets about this store 
Hokkyokusei  (北极星蛋包饭):

Address: 2 Chome-7-27 Nishishinsaibashi, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 542-0086, Japan
Click here for direction in Google map.
Opening hours: 1130am-1000pm
Contact no: +81 6-6211-7829 

I hope you find this post informative if you're travelling to Osaka soon. cause now you know what and where to eat. 

I have also blogged about Kyoto, which is a beautiful city that is just 30 mins away from Osaka. Read http://sereneleticia.blogspot.sg/2016/10/travelogue-day-trip-to-kyotojapan.html

Thank you very much for reading guys. Have a great weekend!
Follow my snapchat & Instagram for more instant update @sereneleticia.











[ #Travelogue: What to eat in Osaka! ]

Osaka! It's your turn now!

Opps! I guess I'm getting a lil bit overly egg-cited over food post and I literally forget to greet anyone of you who is reading this. 

Ohaiyo everbody! 

As the title suggests, this post is all about foods..foods..foods.. Are you ready for it? Don't say I never warn ya, please don't read this if you hungry. All of the foods will definitely make you drool even I myself feel damn hungry by simply looking at all of the photos. *slrrppppppp* Apart from being able to experience different cultures and get to know well about the foreign country, I guess the other major thing that I wouldn't want to miss in every of my trip is all about hunting for scrumptious foods. I mean who doesn't love foods right?  Plus how can you just go home without having the chance to try out the authentic Japanese ramen or sushi?

If you're foodie like me! Let's scroll on?

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---

---


Jiyuken 自由轩



Jiyuken offers the best yet special curry rice in Japan. The rice is smothered in curry sauce with a raw egg on top.  Add a dash of Worcester sauce and you are good to go!


Mommy ordered this pork katsu set. The portion was huge and the pork katsu was so tender and juicy. 


More deets about this store (Jiyuken):

Address: 3 Chome-1-34 Nanba, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 542-0076, Japan
Click here for direction in Google map. 
Opening hours: 1130am-0930pm (Closed on Monday)
Contact no: +81 6-6631-5564

Daruma Kushikatsu (元祖串炸)

You shouldn't miss Daruma whenever you're in Osaka as they offer the best Kushikatsu in town. If you think that deep fried things on skewer is not impressive enough, you're probably wrong. My piece of advice to you is that you must give this a shot and it will definitely overwrite your impression towards deep fried stuffs. Cause you gotta love it yo!


The counter-seating area. 




Ordered the Dontonburi Mix Kushikatsu Platter, that has 9 skewers in total for only 1400 yen. I can only recalled there was quail egg, shrimp, cheese nugget, asparagus and meatballs in the mix. 





More deets about this store Daruma Kushikatsu (元祖串炸):

Address: 1 Chome-6-4 Dotonbori, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 542-0071, Japan
Click here for direction in Google map
Opening hours: 1100am- 2230pm (Opens everyday)
Contact no: +81 6-6121-5594

Strolling around the street. 



Ippudo Ramen (一风堂)

When you googled about Best ramen in Japan,is either Ichiran or Ippudo will pooped out in your page. 

And now you ask me which one is the best and I love it the most? My answer for you is Ippudo. Even though I used to be a big fan of Ichiran but after my first attempt to try out Ippudo, I'm totally in love with Ippudo. The broth was so thick but not oily. slrpppppp. 




More deets about this store Ippudo Ramen (一风堂):

Address: 3 Chome-1-17 Nanbanaka, Naniwa-ku, Ōsaka-shi, Ōsaka-fu 556-0011, Japan
Click here for direction in Google map
More details about other outlets throughout Japan click here.
Opening hours: 1100am-0300am
Contact no: +81 6-4397-6886

Right outside Takashimaya, Namba. It was our second last day there, basically doing our last minute shopping. 



The well-renowned Glico Running Man sign. We were so lucky to be able to see it at day & night because our Air B&B apartment is just a stone away from Shinsaibaishi. 





Let's run! Baby! Run!


Hokkyokusei Omu rice (北极星蛋包饭)



I've ordered this omu rice served with japanese beef curry. *Nom* 
The pipping hot fried rice is enveloped in the fluffy omelette. Who can resist this?!?! 


Mom's mentaiko omu rice. 


Traditional tatami seating area. As you can see that the shop is famous among local and tourists as the shop was already half occupied once the shop opened at 1130am. And guess what, we were one of the first 5 customers cause we started queue since 1100am. 


Let's eat!


More deets about this store 
Hokkyokusei  (北极星蛋包饭):

Address: 2 Chome-7-27 Nishishinsaibashi, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 542-0086, Japan
Click here for direction in Google map.
Opening hours: 1130am-1000pm
Contact no: +81 6-6211-7829 

I hope you find this post informative if you're travelling to Osaka soon. cause now you know what and where to eat. 

I have also blogged about Kyoto, which is a beautiful city that is just 30 mins away from Osaka. Read http://sereneleticia.blogspot.sg/2016/10/travelogue-day-trip-to-kyotojapan.html

Thank you very much for reading guys. Have a great weekend!
Follow my snapchat & Instagram for more instant update @sereneleticia.











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